Winter has whirled its way through our lives, and now it is time to welcome the bright vibrations of spring. Spring is a time of renewal. This is a time to remove the old and worn and replace it with new and refreshing items. It is a season of cleansing and rejuvenation. Following the concepts given below, when spring cleaning, is an excellent way to create harmony and balance to any environment.
De-cluttering is Essential
The first step in spring cleaning is to remove clutter. During the winter many items are used, such as shovels, snow blowers, boots and blankets. Move all the items that are no longer in use to storage. Purchase storage containers to place the items. According to the theories of Feng Shui, de-cluttering allows energy to move freely and brings in positive feelings and vibrations. As explained by Feng Shui consultant Melissa Cook, “During winter hibernation, we tend to gather things around us to keep us warm and cozy-closets full of bulky clothing, books and magazines that are perfect for a cold night’s reading. Unless we set aside some time daily for tidying up, our homes can become cluttered before we realize it. Clutter stagnates the flow of healthy chi and therefore blocks opportunities from entering into our lives.”
Using Scents When Dusting and Cleaning
An accumulation of dust and dirt in a home can cause a feeling of sluggishness and obscurity to any environment. When using the idea of Feng Shui in dusting and cleaning it is important to remember that scents create a certain mood in a room or space. A positive frame of mind creates a cheerful energy flow. Using cleaning products with a lemon scent or a pine scent is ideal in achieving good feelings in a home. The use of scents and Feng Shui is further explained when it is said, “We all know when a basement or attic smells musty and stale. We also can tell when an area smells fresh and clean. These opposites are examples of how scent influences how you feel and that also relates to the Chi or energy flow of feng shui. Unpleasant odors usually mean stagnant Chi while pleasant aromas indicate healthy Chi flow in an area.”
Using the chart below, provided by the Interior Design Directory, can help to a achieve the right flow in any environment.
–ylang ylang, jasmine, geranium, sandalwood
To energize / stimulate
–ginger, rosemary, lavender, peppermint, cinnamon, clary sage
To refresh and uplift
–sandalwood, lemon, rosemary, rosewood
For warmth and security
–ylang ylang, clary sage, tangerine, lavender
To balance and restore
–geranium, neroli, rose, lemon, cypress, vanilla (boosts spirits, joy, power)
Relaxation and sleep
–sandalwood, lavender, chamomile, geranium, winter green
To cleanse and purify
–tea tree, lavender, thyme, juniper, eucalyptus, rosemary, lime, pine
Mental and memory stimulation
–grapefruit, lemon grass, cardamom, camphor, patchouli, basil
Surrounding Beauty is the Essence of Good Feelings
When completing the task of spring cleaning it is important to place items that are loved in different parts of the home to create a bright and refreshing feeling. This could be done with plants and paintings, or applying a favorite color to a wall. “When we live with what we love, we surround ourselves with possessions that attract positive, life-affirming chi. Give yourself permission to let go of things that don’t lift your spirits: They won’t lift your chi. When clearing and cleaning your home, give everything its place and keep one item that you truly love in each room to welcome you and keep the chi flowing in a positive direction.”
Spring cleaning is a way to lift the murky residue that is left by the winter season. Incorporate some of the Feng Shui techniques mentioned above and your spring cleaning will go from acceptable to fantastic in minutes!